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I know I never did, which makes all of what has happened in the past year and a half all that much more of a frustrating and difficult transition. It's challenging enough to juggle being a writer, a mother, and a wife, but add in debilitating pain and days when my brain cannot process in the way it should, let alone write, and you will understand why I've taken up a new title: advocate.

Screenwriting: Take Two

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a talented screenwriter will only use a couple. To better understand screenwriting, let’s drive a wedge between the meanings for what is descriptive and what is visual. An author is encouraged to write descriptively because the audience responds to the story through the written word.

Over the last six years since founding Smashwords, I've witnessed a dramatic change in attitudes regarding self publishing.  I'm pleased that much of this transformation has been led by the professional example of Smashwords authors.

It’s the same argument every time: they’re unrealistic, exaggerated, full of purple prose, and not worth the paper they’re printed on.  At best the comment will be made—with a wink and a nudge—that they are porn for women.

When you think of “clean reads,” do you immediately picture a handsome knight rescuing a gorgeous damsel, placing her gracefully atop his snowy white steed, and trotting off to their standing-room-only wedding by the sea? Do you think of fairy tales in which good conquers all, true love never dies, and beauty (even if disguised at first) is the ultimate sign of virtue?